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Mining newcomer bets on $1bn copper project for growth

By: Bloomberg     19th July 2019 Ecuador’s ambition to become a mining superpower is being tested as the South American nation’s first large-scale copper mine starts operations. The $1-billion Mirador project in Zamora-Chinchipe province started ramping up production Thursday, Ecuador’s Vice-Ministry of Mines said. The openpit... 

Angola to partially privatise diamonds parastatal

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Speaking in Lisbon, Portugal, early this month, Angolan Natural Resources Minister Diamantino Azevedo stated that his country’s State-owned diamond group Endiama was going to be partially privatised and have some of its equity listed on the stock exchange. He was speaking to the Portuguese news... 

Angola to partially privatise diamonds parastatal

By: Rebecca Campbell     19th July 2019 Speaking in Lisbon, Portugal, early this month, Angolan Natural Resources Minister Diamantino Azevedo stated that his country’s State-owned diamond group Endiama was going to be partially privatised and have some of its equity listed on the stock exchange. He was speaking to the Portuguese news... 

Project involvement increasing for contractor

By: Theresa Bhowan     19th July 2019 Mining contractor Moolmans is showcasing its shaft-sinking and access development capacities at the Platreef platinum project, in the North West, with Shaft 1 close to the planned shaft bottom, at 982 m below the surface. 

Kumba’s first-half sales increase reflective of improved rail performance

By: Simone Liedtke     18th July 2019 JSE-listed Kumba Iron Ore’s sales for the six months ended June 30, increased by 1% to 21.3-million tonnes, while export sales increased by 2% to 19.9-million tonnes, ultimately reflecting an improvement in rail performance which allowed the miner to meet sustained demand. During the second... 

Palmietkuilen nears final approval, company liaising with community

By: Tasneem Bulbulia     16th July 2019 Exploration and mining company Canyon Coal’s proposed Palmietkuilen openpit coal mine, in Springs, Gauteng, is in the final stages of regulatory approval and the company hopes to begin mining before the end of the year. Canyon Coal is a subsidiary of mining investment company Menar. 

WA govt backs BHP's long-term iron-ore expansion plans

By: Esmarie Iannucci     12th July 2019 The Western Australian government has approved mining major BHP’s long-term plans for its Pilbara iron-ore operations, which includes a potential 11 more iron-ore projects over the next 50 to 100 years. BHP's 'Pilbara Expansion Strategic Proposal' details a cumulative picture of the miner's... 


By: Martin Creamer     12th July 2019 Hundreds of climate-change protestors, dissatisfied with Germany’s timeframe of becoming carbon neutral by 2050, last month stormed into the pit of the Garzweiler opencast brown coal lignite mine near Duesseldorf, in western Germany. Some officers were hurt while trying to hold back protesters,... 

HMA Geotechnical

Formed in 1966, HMA Group represents an impressive list of Internationally respected companies. Geotechnical Systems Australia was founded in March 1987 and now forms the geotechnical division of the HMA group. The company designs, manufactures, installs and distributes geotechnical... 

Namibia attractive landscape, says Canadian miner

By: Tracy Hancock     12th July 2019 Besides the significant lure of Namibia’s mineral-rich geology, the country’s various attributes make it a more attractive investment destination for exploration and development companies than other mining jurisdictions, says Canadian strategic minerals-focused company Broadway Gold Mining... 

Longest Production Train in the World

In an unprecedented move, Transnet Freight Rail (TFR) successfully ran a 375 wagon manganese train. The testing of the train took place on Wednesday, 05 September 2018 over a distance of around 861 km, from Sishen to Saldanha. The test train is four (4) kilometres long and will be a production... 

Giant copper project unblocked as Peru awards Tia Maria licence

By: Bloomberg     10th July 2019 Latin America’s second-largest copper producer got the green light to build a giant mine that’s key to plans to become one of the world’s top three producers of the metal. The Peruvian government awarded Southern Copper the license to start building its $1.4-billion Tia Maria project, which has... 

Fortescue breaks ground on $1.25bn Pilbara mine

By: Esmarie Iannucci     8th July 2019 Iron-ore miner Fortescue Metals has turned the first sod at its $1.25-billion Eliwana mine and rail project, in the Pilbara. “This is a proud day for Fortescue as we celebrate the largest project since the Kings Valley mine in 2014,” Fortescue chairperson and founder Andrew Forrest said on Friday. 

Pit to Port and back again - a massive task

By: Creamer Media Reporter      5th July 2019 South Africa, and indeed the entire continent, is awash with mineral resources with the mining contributing significantly to our national GDP. As a nation, mining is woven into our very fabric, with many of our cities and towns having sprung up around gold fields in the 1800’s, and later on... 

Tshipi Borwa mine, South Africa

By: Sheila Barradas     5th July 2019 A manganese mine located in the Kalahari Manganese Field, in South Africa’s Northern Cape province. 

South Africans to prepare ‘smart heavy haul industry’ roadmap

The South African Heavy Haul Association (SAHHA) hosted a three-day technical workshop in Johannesburg in late 2018 as part of preparations for the 2019 International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA) conference to be held in Narvik, Norway, from June 10 to 14. Ten countries are a part of the IHHA... 

Good news for Eskom – World Bank says South Africa will save it

By: Bloomberg     2nd July 2019 The risk of South Africa’s struggling state power utility going bust doesn’t appear to faze one of its biggest creditors – the World Bank. The Washington-based lender agreed to lend Eskom Holdings $4-billion almost a decade ago to boost its generation capacity and avoid a repetition of rolling... 

South Africa's entire coal line to be shut for maintenance – Transnet

By: Reuters     28th June 2019 South Africa will shut down its entire rail network transporting coal from pits to customers for almost two weeks to undertake scheduled repairs, State-owned freight rail logistics firm Transnet said on Friday. Transnet Freight Rail said the shutdown, from July 2 to 11, would cover the entire... 

TNG inks train solution for Mt Peake

By: Esmarie Iannucci     27th June 2019 ASX-listed TNG has inked a binding heads of agreement with rail operator Genesee & Wyoming Australia to provide rail haulage services for the Mt Peake vanadium/titanium/iron project, in the Northern Territory. The agreement covers the transport of magnetite concentrate produced at the Mt Peake... 

Defining the heavy-haul railway of the future

Heavy-haul railways are under constant pressure to optimise operational efficiency, a factor that has led the sector to spearhead many new technologies. Michael Roney, special advisor to the International Heavy Haul Association (IHHA), explains in this article, originally published in the... 

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